Is This Homefront Worth Defending?

Homefront Cover THQ

Let me paint a picture for you:

-Dramatic music-

It’s 2027…. The world is changing… A weakened United States, struggling with a crumbling economy compounded by social unrest and crippling fuel shortages… A united and powerful Korea is rapidly consolidating its empire across the Pacific with swift military action…

-Dramatic pause-

And we are next….

-DUN DUN DUN!!!-

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Wrecked Crashes The Stories x The Step Showcase

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Stories x The Step showcase presented by &Them in the incredible Hotel Des Arts in the Montgomery area of San Francisco. The Hotel Des Arts isn’t a hotel that tries to show off how many different species of rare fish they can fit into a diamond plated tank in the front lobby, but instead prides itself with the paintings, photos, and artistic displays that fill nearly every inch of its walls; even the hotel rooms are covered in murals.

The event was put together by a newly formed art curating group who dub themselves The &Them Collective, composed of Bay Area natives Neal Hilo, Kevin Correa, Chevonne Rampas, and Francis Ramos. &Them takes groups of local artists and finds new and unique ways to promote their work, such as hosting events like this one, which featured artists Turtle Wayne, Stitchmind, Gun-Woo Pak, JToddO, After the Clock, and many more. Some artists even signed up to do live sketches over the course of the night.

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Emery – We Do What We Want

For fans of whiny screamo.

I enjoyed Emery for a hot minute back in 2005 after The Question was released. Since then, I completely lost interest in the band grew up. I saw they had a new album out, which dropped today (March 29) entitled We Do What We Want. Two listens in and I think I’ve had enough of their stubbornness.

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Born Of Osiris Discover Themselves

I first heard Born of Osiris back in 2007 after the release of their debut EP, The New Reign. I didn’t fall in love with them exactly, but I couldn’t help but enjoy their machine gun-like breakdowns and frantic style of playing. What can I say? I’m a sucker for heavy, rhythmic chugging. Especially if it’s beer.

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Wrecked Is Partnering Up With B.A.M.F. 2011!

Wrecked is happy to announce that we’ll be partnering up with Nemesis Records to promote the biggest local metal event in the Bay Area ever! We’ll be spotlighting each and every band playing this awesome event, so you’ll have everything you need to know before the festival comes! Check out the basic info below and stay tuned for more coverage!!

Nemesis Records LLC would like to proudly announce B.A.M.F 2011 ( Bay Area Metal Festival ). The Bay Area’s newest premier metal festival. B.A.M.F 2011 is an all ages all day metal festival consisting of multiple local Bay Area metal bands and will span over 12 full hours. The goal of B.A.M.F is to incorporate all genres of local metal from all areas of the bay into one great festival.

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New Captain America: The First Avenger Trailer!

So, it’s probably all over the internet by now, but have you seen the new trailer for “Captain America: The First Avenger”? Check it out!

 

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Primus Sucks The Catalyst

Baby Matthew is Les Claypool’s nephew who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) only two months into his life. Being the good uncle Les is, a benefit show with MIRV was organized in order to raise money for ridiculously expensive medical costs.

One morning, a few weeks back, I saw the following post on Primus’s Facebook: “Tickets on sale today at 10AM for the Benefit show featuring Primus & MIRV at the Catalyst Friday March 18th.” AWESOME! I gave Ben a call, who, unless he has school or…well I guess just school, doesn’t normally get out of bed until at least 11:00AM.

“…ugh…hello?”
“DUDE! Primus tickets. Less than an hour. I’m coming over.”
“WHAT?!…ok…”

I got to his house with about 15 minutes to spare. Immediately at 10:00AM, the tickets were purchased and we were on for the 18th.

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Wrecked Crashes IGN & Capcom’s Street Fighter Party!

I assure you, this photo has not been doctored in any kind of way. We destroyed that place.

Last night, fellow Wrecked editor Sean and I had the privilege of crashing IGN & Capcom’s Super Street Fighter IV 3D private event at IGN’s headquarters in San Francisco. People lucky enough to get in were treated with Street Fighter in every direction and a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS and a copy of SSFIV-3D courtesy of Capcom.

Attendees were welcomed by some very cheerful IGN employees, and were actually encouraged to apply for an opening at their offices. We were all welcomed with free pizza, soda, and snacks, but were we there to get buttered up by our fellow Bay Area based publication? No, we were there to crash the party.

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Super Street Fighter IV 3D: Blanka Balls And Beer Goggles

SSFIV-3D's New Dynamic Mode

This past Wednesday, Ivan and I had the privilege representing Wrecked at Capcom’s Street Fighter 3D event held at IGN’s office in San Francisco. When we got there, we miraculously had parking right in front even though they PROBABLY had a spot reserved for us. Anyways, we walked up, they checked our names off the list, handed us our tickets, and escorted us in and up the elevator. We entered the room and was met with a warm welcome from an IGN staff member. She showed us where the games were and showed us to the free pizza…both equally good. Being the big Street Fighter fan I was, I was both very excited and very skeptical.

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The Vices & Virtues Of Panic! At The Disco

A guy like me could lose a lot of credibility listening to bubblegum pop like this, but don’t deny it, you LOVED Panic! At the Disco when A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out hit the airwaves like a nuclear panty dropping bomb back in 2005. I’m not embarrassed to admit the fact my friends and I used to sing that album word for word on many drunken occasions and I’ve had long conversations with the most metal of dudes about how the band is the epitome of music you can’t escape from. And to be fair, Panic! deserved it: they had a fresh new sound, catchy melodies, and lyrics that could talk the habit off a nun.

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Today’s Forecast: Thunderstorm Followed By Scattered Showers

Let’s face it, many of us don’t use our phones as phones anymore. They’re small, portable computers; hubs to stay connected with friends and occasionally call mom. Yeah, phones still make calls. I know, it’s astounding.

In November 2009, Android made a huge splash with the introduction of the Motorola Droid on Verizon. Fast forward to March 2011…you don’t need a history lesson. The next evolution of Android phones is beginning: 4G connectivity, dual-core processors, front-facing cameras, etc. If you are the average phone user or just barely getting into smartphones, you could honestly care less about these. Luckily, Verizon is keeping their 4G plans the same price as 3G (for now). Right now, you have one solid option on Verizon: the HTC Thunderbolt.

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Paul. Is. Awesome.

"We're just a pair of regular guys walking down the street... with a small cowboy."

I’ve been a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost since twenty minutes into “Shaun of the Dead” back when I first saw it in theaters in 2004. Their undeniable charm and impeccable writing had me hooked on the dynamic British duo instantly. A few years later, the pair returned with “Hot Fuzz“, again working with Writer/Director Edgar Wright to deliver another incredible film. I was sold: these three guys make great fucking movies. My sheer faith in Wright convinced me to watch “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” knowing almost nothing about the film or graphic novel, and it ended up being one of my favorite movies of all time.

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This is What the End of the World Sounds Like.

This is officially the worst song ever made, but to fully appreciate how terrible it is, sit through the whole grueling video. Make sure you’ve heard what day of the week comes before Friday.

This shit is ridiculous, what do you think?

 

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Going Beyond Expectations With Beyond The Gate

For fans of: The Faceless, Between the Buried and Me, Through the Eyes of the Dead, The Black Dahlia Murder, Opeth, All Shall Perish, etc.

Every so often, I walk into a record store with the intent of finding something new. Not just some new run of the mill band that plays the same riffs I’ve heard a dozen times already, but something entirely new. Well, something led me to pick up Wretched’s Beyond the Gate on a whim, and it was definitely one of my favorite and most dynamic albums of 2010.  And, no, it’s not just because they shared all but two letters as the name of our site.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day From Wrecked!

We here at Wrecked Reviews want to wish you all a very happy, and drunken, National Americans Continue The Perpetuation Of An Irish Stereotype Day St. Patrick’s Day! We know tomorrow you’re going to feel like complete shit at work, but that’s okay because this isn’t your first rodeo. So man up, Cindy.

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Long Live The Englander!

We here at Wrecked frequent many establishments. Sometimes we get bored with those locations, especially me. I have the attention span of a kindergartener. So, I venture out and find new places that are awesome. Since that’s what this blog is about, let me introduce you all to: The Englander Sports Pub & Restaurant. How awesome is this place? Well, I have returned to The Englander solely to write this review…and enjoy a delicious brew, of course.

Located in San Leandro, a place I sometimes refer to as “Oakland, Jr.”, The Englander is in an oddly nice part of town. The area has several bars, restaurants, and businesses. Next door is a place called The Vine: Wine & Tapas. This area already looks promising! If you’re driving, park in the first spot you see because you probably will not find another one.

I’m not going to lie, this is probably one of the nicest spots in San Leandro. Arriving at 8pm on a Friday night, the place was packed. We were immediately greeted by a wall of beer and spirits. If any of us had a house and tons of money, this is what our bar would contain. There was a makeshift casino in a few of the rooms for a corporate event. Yes, the place is huge.

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Top Dog: Put This Wiener In Your Mouth

“I heard these hot dogs are made out of chupacabra meat and unicorn tears.”

I’ve been going to Top Dog (the one on Durant Avenue in Berkeley) for years and I still get treated like shit god dammit! Not treated like shit in a bad way, but in the fun, semi-asshole, sarcastic kind of way. When you walk in and it’s busy, you’ll usually get the guy working the counter who will yell over everyone “WHAT ARE YOU HAVIN’?!”, and if your next words aren’t your order, you’ll usually hear “NEXT!” and be promptly skipped, regardless if you want to argue that they’re being rude or have bad customer service. You’ll almost feel guilty, like you fucked up and somehow wronged these people. I think that’s what makes their hot dogs and sausages taste so good.

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Battle LA: Eckhart Was the Ssgt. This Platoon Needed, But Not The One It Deserved

Just got home from watching “Battle: Los Angeles” tonight, and I’ve got to say, I thought it was a pretty damn entertaining movie. It wasn’t perfect, but if you’re looking for a good war movie (yes, that’s how I’ll categorize it), definitely check this one out. For the skeptics, check it out matinée.

For those who aren’t familiar, “Battle: LA” is about a small Marine platoon that receives orders to find and evacuate a group of civilians amidst a very sudden and very devastating alien invasion. Those expecting a crazy sci-fi movie a la “District 9” should be prepared for a totally different kind of film. Where District 9 was a great science fiction movie with its main focus following Wikus’s forced transformation into an alien and evasion of the government, “Battle: LA” is a more of a traditional war movie that just so happens to involve aliens as the enemy instead of the usual Russians or Middle-Easterners.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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Why So Scurrilous? Protest The Hero Are Back

So, a while back, I dated this girl who told me a story about the time she saw DragonForce at The Pound (R.I.P.) in San Francisco. Supposedly, there was this band called Protest the Hero that opened up for them and the whole time they were performing, the entire plastic sword-wielding crowd was yelling at them to get off the stage because they wanted DragonForce. This story is hilarious to me now because 1) My ex girlfriend is stupid and wouldn’t know good metal if it shit in her cereal, and 2) No one has given a shit about DragonForce since 2006, meanwhile, Protest the Hero are still relevant and crushing it (without the help of countless guitar effects and studio wizardry).

Well, it looks like the Canadian Kings of Prog are back with another release entitled Scurrilous, which is due out March 22 (next Tuesday). I’ve had the pleasure of giving it tons of playtime and I am diggin’ it. A lot.

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Crysis 2 – Where Can I Find Gaming Diapers?

CRYSIS 2, SIGN ME UP!

Now, I want to give a general review, since most of the technical topics if I were to discuss would go over most dumbshits normal people’s heads. Here’s some back story so you know what I’m talking about. If you know the game jump down a few paragraphs.

Unless you’re a PC gamer you’ve probably never heard of Crysis, Crytek’s 2007 blockbuster. This game was a breath of fresh air in a room full decaying EA titles and shitty sports games. It was incredibly hard not to be impressed by game play screens. I was left wondering how they could pull it off: ultra real visuals and fun game play? Impossible!

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